MA Food Banks Accepting Holiday Donations for Families in Need

Now is the time to remember those in need! Food banks all over Massachusetts are now accepting donations. Please consider getting into the spirit of giving and help those who really need it. You can either make a monetary donation or collect food to drop off at a food bank. Recommended donation items include cereal, oatmeal, rice, beans, low sodium soup, stew, chili, pasta, low sugar canned fruits, canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter and…

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The Muniz Academy: A Dual-Language High School

Have you heard of the Margarita Muniz Academy? As the Hispanic population in Boston continues to grow, the Boston Public School system has been seeking new ways to address issues they face. Hispanic students are both most likely to drop out of the city’s schools and least likely to enroll in college when compared with black, white, and Asian students, but as the academy enters its sixth full year, the school’s student outcomes are drawing…

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Thinking of Studying Abroad for Your Bachelor’s Degree?

For many people, the idea of studying abroad in Europe is attractive, but what about for an entire degree?  While it sounds like the domain of only the super-wealthy or geniuses, the fact is that just about anyone can study abroad in Europe for an entire degree.  Best of all, there are a number of really great advantages to doing so.  Saving Time and Money First of all, you can expect to save a lot…

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Writing Workshops for the Classroom

Getting feedback on schoolwork is an essential part of how students learn, but the current method for students receiving this feedback only from their teachers holds students back. Too often students turn in work to a teacher for a grade and then immediately move on to the next big assignment, without giving the project much thought after the due date. Additionally, teachers spend a lot of time evaluating student work, but many students barely glance…

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Using Infographics in Literature

Some teachers are turning to infographics in the classroom because the way students experience literature is changing. Web writing, advertising, YouTube, Snapchat, and Vine are condensing the story, and increasingly short pieces dot the student landscape. Whether they’re reading, predicting, or decoding a piece of classical literature or writing and producing short bits for their YouTube channels, the craft of story is still critical. Good stories have universal themes that can apply anywhere with the…

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Things to Look For in Modern Classrooms

What are the kinds of things you should look for in today’s classroom? The common response often begins and ends with technology, but it’s not all about the technology. We’ve listed here things to look for in modern classrooms in addition to technology. Let us know in the comments which you think is the most important, or if you’re a teacher, which you’d like to focus on in your classroom during the new school year.…

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Teaching Conflict Resolution to Children

Conflicts are a familiar part of everyday life in elementary school classrooms. Children today are quick to involve adults when problems arise, however, as they have become accustomed to constant adult supervision. While there is nothing wrong with seeking direction, especially when they feel uncomfortable, by doing this the children are learning nothing about doing the conflict resolution themselves, or about preventing conflicts from happening in the first place. This is why it is important…

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Is Your Child Applying to Private School or College This January? 

It’s important to start connecting with the private schools or colleges that your child is interested in, because schools keep track of the amount of times that you express interest and use this information to help determine admission. It’s a good idea to start early in selecting the list of schools to which you will apply, and to develop a timeline of all due dates and materials required for admission. If your child is applying for private school, this…

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Girls with ADHD   

We often hear about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but whether explicit or not, there tends to be an association between this disorder and boys who just can’t seem to sit still or pay attention in class.  According to studies, boys are much more likely to be diagnosed than girls with ADHD. But this doesn’t mean that girls have this disorder at lower rates, rather that doctors, parents, and teachers are not trained to look for the specific signs of ADHD that…

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What Kind of Learner are You? 

Learning is not and should not be a passionless task — it should be fun and rewarding! We will all spend our entire lives learning, but it’s a shame that for some students, bad experiences can stain their perception of what they’re capable of. It’s so important to find for yourself what works best for you, and to be okay if your style of learning differs from others. Learning Style Tests Many of us have taken a learning style test before.…

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